As we approach the first 2024 Presidential debate next week, states are considering changing their primaries to increase their standing in the electoral process. Meanwhile, numerous states addressed tax rebates this week, while others address issues such as cannabis, parental leave, and law enforcement funding. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced new grants that [...]
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Photo credit: iStock.com/mrolands Ohio and Mississippi voters weighed in on a ballot measure and nominees, with voting concluding on August 8, 2023. In Ohio, voters considered a ballot measure that would have made it more difficult to amend the state constitution, while Mississippi voters held their primary elections. Ohio Voters Reject Issue 1 With over [...]
City governments and officials across the country were busy last week working on various types of legislation and ordinances. Notable issues covered below include Chicago’s real estate transfer tax, Kansas City’s law to limit ammunition distribution to minors, and New York City’s prevention of plastic utensil distribution for takeout. Atlanta, GA Last Tuesday, Atlanta's [...]
City governments and officials across the country were busy last week working addressing various issues. Notable topics covered below include Chicago City Council’s efforts to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, Houston’s plans to improve its traffic network system, and Denver has a new mayor. Austin, TX On Sunday, Jesús Garza, Interim City Manager [...]
While summer may be in full swing, state Capitols remained busy with lawmakers in different states passing new legislation for programs that aim to improve state infrastructure, combat the opioid crisis, and mental health and homelessness. Some states are also considering how to spend budget surpluses, and another state continues a discussion regarding school vouchers. [...]
State lawmakers across the country are now rounding out what many consider to be one of the busiest times of the year, with many state budgets due. In addition, various laws signed by governors throughout the year will go into effect on July 1st, relating to education, healthcare, energy, and infrastructure. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey [...]
Lawmakers and governors are acting on a variety of issues, as state capitols across the country are addressing several budgetary measures, including on issues related to education and housing. A few notable bills that saw action this week include New York’s ban on non-compete agreements and Louisiana’s bill that requires parental consent before opening [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/rarrarorro It was a busy 60 days in the 2023 Florida legislative session, which began on March 7. There is a Republican trifecta in Florida, with supermajorities of Republicans in both the State House and State Senate and Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. In the last few weeks, the governor has signed a [...]
Legislators and governors around the country were busy on various issues this week, ranging from lowering the legal limit of alcohol for driving and budget funding to restricting educational funding on DEI and banning TikTok. Alabama The Alabama Senate has passed House Bill 24, which will increase the monetary fines for loitering. Learn more here. [...]
City governments and officials across the country were busy last week working on various types of legislation and ordinances. Notable issues covered below include Atlanta’s funding to support the city's transgender community, Chicago Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson announced a "Unity Plan" to shrink the number of city council committees, and Seattle's City Council passed a bill [...]